Chrysalis House gets boost from gas station barbecues

Wendy Elliott
Published on August 28, 2014

Volunteers have been busy most Fridays this summer holding barbecues at Milne Court Petro-Can in New Minas. The last one is tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 29.


Chrysalis House has been getting a financial boost and increased awareness through with the assistance of a New Minas gas station.

Executive director Rhonda Fraser the weekly barbecues, which are held on Friday, are averaging about $300 profit each week.

A number of local politicians have turned out to help cook burgers and Fraser says, “there’s been great PR and increased awareness of our work.”

Fraser said Chrysalis House sends “a huge thank you to Scott Fraser at Milne Court Petro Can, his team and to Belinda Manning for organizing this event. We couldn’t have done it without them all.”

The final BBQ is this coming Friday, Aug. 29. Fraser also thanked the local businesses who donated BBQ supplies.

Fraser points out that the Chrysalis House Association is about much more than shelter service.

“We work with women and children who have never stayed at the shelter, but who have experienced violence and abuse. We work with the family members of women who are also impacted and want to know how to help.”

We also work alongside of our community members, businesses and government at all levels, she stated, to try to create policies and practices that will lead to violence free communities for everyone.

“We have been involved in strategic planning that has a vision to services that will better meet the needs of women and children and we are hopeful that as that plan is unveiled we will have the continued support our community.”

The executive director noted that the association is approaching its 30th year of service and “we are excited about the future, yet saddened that there is still an overwhelming need for our services.”

The Chrysalis House Association is a not for profit, charitable organization that provides crisis, shelter, outreach and transitional services to women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing violence and abuse. Located in Kentville, the house provides services to three counties.

Chrysalis House was occupied 45.5 per cent of the time last year. The staff served 78 children under 16 and 238 women.

Fraser noted that over 600 distress calls were received and close to 800 advocacy calls were made.

It cost $799,055 to operate Chrysalis House last year, which was up from $707,474 the previous year. Donations and fund raising contributed $61,000.